HSR Bus Schedules & Fares

July 21, 2016 - 12:31pm

Hamilton Fire Department Issues Open Air Burning Ban - July 21, 2016

HAMILTON, ON – July 21, 2016 – Due to current dry weather conditions coupled with the continued forecast of extreme temperatures with no appreciable rain in the near future, the Hamilton Fire Department has issued an immediate ban on all open air burning in the City of Hamilton.  This ban suspends all approved Open Air Burning Permits.

More information and details about the ban.

Holiday Closures
July 27, 2016 - 12:33pm

Civic Holiday Monday, August 1 - What's Open & What's Closed

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Civic Holiday, Monday, August 1

  • For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green cart, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, August 1.
  • Your pick-up will be one day later if it falls on or after the holiday.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit www.hamilton.ca/waste.
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, August 1.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on Sunday/Holiday service hours on Monday, August 1.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 or visit www.hamilton.ca/hsr for more details.


  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, August 1.
  • All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, August 1.
  • If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.

ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, August 1.


  • Recreation Centres, Seniors Centres and Arenas will be closed on Monday, August 1.
  • Seniors Clubs will be open.
  • Wading Pools will be closed on Monday, August 1, with the exception of Dundas Driving Park and Gage Park sites. 
  • Norman Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre and outdoor pools (with the exception of Birge) will be open on Monday August 1 on a modified holiday schedule.
  • For more information, visit Civic Holiday Outdoor Pool Schedules

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • All museums will be closed on closed on Monday, August 1.

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Hamilton Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, July 31 - Closed
  • Monday, August 1 - Closed
  • Tuesday, August 2 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, August 3 - Closed
  • Thursday, August 4 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, August 5 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, August 6 - 7 am to 5 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All Hamilton Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, August 1 for the Civic holiday.
  • Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, August 2 for all library locations. Please visit www.hpl.ca for more information.

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-2489
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-2489
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-2489 or visit www.hamilton.ca/safewater

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, August 1, and will reopen Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. West (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, August 1. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres. Only cheque payments will be accepted in the drop box.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, August 1 and will reopen on Tuesday, August 2.
  • Tax payments can also be made online or through telebanking, set up through your financial institution.

Municipal Service Centre locations:

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Tickets

Payment of parking violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

Summer Bus News
June 13, 2016 - 1:15pm

Get the latest news on summer schedule changes effective June 26, 2016

HSR schedule changes are effective Sunday, June 26 to Saturday, September 3, 2016

  • HSR summer schedules and seasonal routes

Summer Schedules

These routes will have a summer Weekday schedule effective Sunday, June 26 to Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Seasonal HSR Routes

Route 51 - UNIVERSITY - does not operate during the summer months.
Route 56 - CENTENNIAL - will operate to and from the Wild Waterworks during their summer season.
Route 99 - WATERFRONT SHUTTLE - will operate daily starting Sunday June 26th until Monday September 5th, 2016.  It's Free!

Special Events

Date: Friday, July 1, 2016 
Event: Canada Day Celebration
Time: 4 to 11:30 pm
Details: HSR will provide a free shuttle between downtown Hamilton and Pier 4 park

Date: Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7
Event: Festival of Friends
Details: HSR will provide shuttles from MacNab Terminal area to the Ancaster Fairgrounds.  For more details, visit www.festivaloffriends.ca.  Regular fares apply.  

Date: Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28
Event: Winona Peach Festival
Details: HSR will provide free shuttles from Eastgate Square to Winona Park. Please donate to their food drive.  For more details visit www.winonapeach.com.

Date: Thursday, September 22 to Sunday, September 25
Event: Ancaster Fair
Details: HSR will provide shuttles from Meadowlands and MacNab Terminal area to the Ancaster Fairgrounds.  For more details visit www.ancasterfair.ca. Regular fares apply.  

Move to the back of the bus

As you know, the front of the bus can get congested with personal mobility devices and strollers/buggies.  If you do not have one of these devices or need the special front seating, please move to the back of the bus, this allows for more passengers to board the bus.  Our passengers do not like to be passed by when the bus is full at the front and there is room at the back.

The Ti-Cats and HSR

The Hamilton Street Railway in partnership with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, allow fans to board HSR and Darts vehicles for free with a valid game day ticket.  This program is offered for all Tiger-Cats' home games and is valid only on home game days, three hours prior to kick-off until end of service.

We also offer free shuttle service to Tim Hortons Field on home game days two hours before the official game time. The same shuttle will be there after the game ends to take you to the four destinations; Lime Ridge Mall, Eastgate Square, University Plaza and the corner of King & Hughson.  Designated parking areas are marked at the shopping centres to leave your vehicle and hop onto an HSR bus.  Darts clients will need to pre-book their trip.  More details available.

Second Hand Smoke

The City of Hamilton has a Smoke-Free Workplace Policy to protect their employees from the potential hazards related to direct exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (also known as second hand smoke).  
Please DO NOT:

  • Enter the bus while exhaling smoke into the vehicle or at the drivers' face
  • Smoke inside HSR shelters or close to others waiting at bus stop areas

All materials used for smoking, including cigarette butts, should be extinguished and disposed of in appropriate containers.

Please ride with Courtesy, Compassion and Respect for our Operators and other passengers.

Transfer Policy

If using cash or paper tickets, and you need a transfer to complete your trip, ask the Operator when you board.  If using PRESTO, a transfer is automatically written to your card.  Remember, the expiry time is printed on your transfer and you can not use it after that time; if it expires, you pay another fare.

Old HSR Tickets

Current early series 2016 HSR tickets can be used between September 1st and September 30, 2016 with additional money.  Add an additional $0.15 to adult tickets and an additional $0.10 to student tickets and use them until September 30, 2016.  They will not be accepted in the fare box after that date.

Buying Tickets & Passes

To ensure that you are charged the correct price, buy your HSR tickets and passes from authorized vendors only.
Check out the vendor list our call information at 905-527-4441 to find your closest location.  Look for the HSR vendor decal on the store front window.

Summer Youth Pass

The Summer Youth Pass is offered on PRESTO only.  This pass is for Elementary and Secondary school students.
Passes will be available to load after June 17th and are valid July 1 to August 31, 2016.  The cost of the pass is $79.20 for the summer ~ that's a savings of $79.20!  

If you don't already have a PRESTO card, there is an initial $6.00 fee to obtain a PRESTO card.
Students must present a valid student photo ID card when boarding any bus when paying with a student fare.

This pass is only available at: 
HSR Customer Service Centre
36 Hunter St. E - Hamilton GO Centre 
Hamilton City Hall
71 Main St. W., Hamilton
Dundas Municipal Service Centre
60 Main St. E., Dundas
Any local Fortinos store.  

Fare Changes - September 1

(Adult, Student, Senior) - $3

Paper Ticket or PRESTO - $2.30
Paper or PRESTO Monthly Pass - $101.20

Person between the ages of 5 and 19 who
attends an Elementary or Secondary school
in the City of Hamilton. All Secondary
students must present their HSR photo
ID when using a Student fare.
Paper Ticket or PRESTO - $1.90
Paper or PRESTO Monthly Pass - $83.60

(persons age 65+, PRESTO Only)
PRESTO Single Ride - $1.90
PRESTO Monthly Pass - $26.50
PRESTO Senior Annual Pass - $265.00

Day Pass
Unlimited travel on all regularly scheduled
routes for a maximum of 6 people with a
maximum of 2 adults for that day - $13.80

Trans-Cab Program
A 50 cent Trans-Cab premium is charged in
addition to the HSR fare.